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Photos & Newsreels
Carlisle Cathedral, 1904
The Chorister's School
Edinburgh, St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, 1953
Arthur Oldham conducting the choir
Durham Cathedral, 29 May 1957
On the tower celebraing 'Royal Oak Day' with Conrad Eden
Salisbury Cathedral, 1957
In front of HMV Mobile Recording Van, with Edmund Rubbra, who was directing the recording of his Mass
Ely Cathedral, 1970
In the day when the choristers wore monastic albs
Westminster Cathedral, 1922
Richard Terry with Vaughan Williams on completion of his Mass in C, written for the choir.
Canterbury Cathedral choristers, 1954
Staying over night in the dorms of Westminster Abbey choir school, on a trip to London.
York Minster, 1930
Edward Bairstow taking a rehearsal in the Song School with his signature spats and chair.
St Paul's & Westminster Abbey, 1928
Cricket match between the two choirs
Chester Cathedral, 1942
Hereford Cathedral, 1986
Choristers with Derek Nimmo during the filming of 'Hell's Bells'
Derby Cathedral, 1986
Singing carols in the shopping centre
Coventry Cathedral, 25 May 1962
Consecration of the new cathedral
Oxford Christ Church Cathedral, 1960
Chorister crocodile to the choir school.
Bradford Cathedral, 1975
Broadcast by Jamacian TV during the choir singing trip
Bristol Cathedral, 1949
Exeter Cathedral, 1909
Cathedral school cadet corps
Lincoln Cathedral, 1900
Chorister crocodile on the way to cathedral
Manchester Cathedral, 1908
Photo taken by Sir Sydney Nicholson, who was organist and choirmaster at that time
Lichfield Cathedral, 1959
Relaxing in the common room
Newcastle Cathedral, 1938
A choir of 40 boys!
Ripon Cathedral, 1955
Lionel Dakers showing the boys the new tape recorder
Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, 1880
The Football team
Winchester Cathedral, 1933
Bath Abbey, 1978
Hexham Abbey, 1974
Choir descending the Night Stairs
Belmont Abbey, 1990
Choristers were all boarding pupils at the now defunct Abbey School
Beverley Minster, 1955
A Christmas card produced by the choir
Portsmouth Cathedral, 1936
Chorister scout troop at camp
Bourne Abbey, 1935
Malvern Priory, 1949
Wymondham Abbey, 1979
Buckfast Abbey, 1981
Choristers attended the now defunct Abbey prep school.
The Photographic Archive contains over 6000 images, both historic and contemporary, many of which are unique and of great importance.
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Upton Cross St Peter, 1947
Pudsey St James, 1920
Newark Parish Church, 1982
Highgate St Michael, 1949
Martham Parish Church, 1972
London Eaton Square, 1955
Last church to have choir supplied by the London Choir School
Kensington Holy Trinity, 1927
Leicester St James, 1980
Hinckley St Mary, 1910
Heaton Moor St Paul, 1973
Harwood, Christ Church, 1979
Downe St Mary the Virgin, 1952
Freeland St Mary, 1870
Corbridge St Andrew, 1985
'The Burley Angels' football team
Barkingside Holy Trinity, 1969
Recording their Christmas Carol cassette
Bristol St Michael, 1930
'Tuppeny Starvers' The annual ceremony of giving bread to the poor
Ashbourne St Oswald, 1982
Rossyln Chapel, 1935
Made famous by 'The Da Vinci Code'
Whippingham St Mildred, 1960s
Tring St Peter & St Paul, 1979
Swindon St Paul, 1938
Choir football team
Skipton Parish Church, 1989
London All Saints, Margaret Street, 1964
Hurstpierpoint St George, 1950s
Church made redundant, 2008
London Holy Trinity, Sloan Street, 1967
Hastings All Saints, 1920
Malvern Link St Mathias, 1950s
Choristers pulling the May Queen
Eastleigh Parish Church, 1954
Abbots Langley St Lawrence, 1913
Clapham St Paul, 1907
Horncastle St Mary, 1979
Choristers carrying the new flag pole to the church
London All Hallows by the Tower, 1930
The chorister scout troop at their Christmas Concert
Oxford New College, 1941
Decani side of the choir
Cambridge St John's College, 1989
Trip to Holland to sing for Queen Beatrix's birthday
Cambridge King's College, 1908
Choristers outside the chapel
Oxford Magdalen College, 1900
May morning on the tower
Cambridge Jesus College, 1924
Oxford New College, 1960
Choristers with Alan Butterworth, choir school headmaster
Cambridge King's College, 1964
Broadcasting the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Oxford Magdalen College, 1907
Ivor Novello was a chorister at Magdalen, 3rd row up, 3rd boy from left.
Cambridge, St John's College, c1974
Photograph by Eaden Lilley studios, famed for their superb photographs
Westminster Abbey, 1927
The twelve selected choristers at Liverpool Docks about set sail on tour of the US and Canada. The skates and leather coats were a gift from the Canadian government
Chapel Royal, St Peter ad Vincular, 1959
The chapel in the Tower of London which had a boys choir until the 1980s
Westminster Abbey, 1953
Lessons at the choir school with Miss Williams
Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, 1984
Westminster Abbey, 1923
All choristers were members of the Abbey Scout troop; here they are at summer camp
Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, 1941
Choristers with Fr. Clare
Chapel Royal, St Peter ad Vincular, 1952
Choristers take part n the ancient ceremony of 'Beating the Bounds'
Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, 1953
Temple Church, London, 1904
Choir practice with Sir Walford Davies, then organist & choirmaster of the Temple Church
Chapel Royal, St James Palace, 1926
Taken on the day the choir recorded their first gramophone record in 1926
St George's Chapel, Windsor, 1926
Choir with Sir Edmund H. Fellowes
Westminster Abbey, 1910
On the steps in the Old Palace Yard
Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, London, 1953
Alan Craig being upended and 'bumped' in the traditional ceremony of 'Beating the Bounds'
Warwick Emscote Lawn Prep, 1950s
Norwich Taverham Hall, 1955
Solihul School, 1973
Norwich School, 1950s
Ramsgate St Augustine School, 1947
Lennoxville Bishops College School, 1958
Leatherhead St John's School, 1942
Yes..the choir really was that large.. and boxing was part of the activities!
Mill Hill Belmont School, 1949
Leamington Spa Arnold Lodge, 1970
Rehearsing Sydney Nicholson's 'Children of the Chapel'
Manchester Chetham's Hospital, 1926
London St Clement Danes School
Singing in Hampstead Parish Church, with Martindale Sidwell
Lancing College, 1982
Lambrook School Chapel, 1960
Kingham Hill School, 1957
St John's College, Hurstpierpoint, 1985
Brecon Christ College, 1963
Fonthill Prep School, 1979
Horsham Christ's Hospital School, 1958
Carols by the fireside
Highgate School, 2001
Betteshanger Prep School, 1950s
Exeter Bramdean School, 1993
Bedford School, 1991
Belmont Abbey School, 1990
Ushaw College School, 1962
Solemn High Midnight Mass
Eton College Choir School, 1948
When Eton still had its own choir school set in the grounds of the main school.
Royal Wanstead School, 1950s
London, St Andrew's Wells Street. 1895
One of the classrooms in the purpose built choir school. St Andrew's was the first choir to issue a gramophone record in 1902.
London College for Choristers, 1930
A group of boys on tour in Wellington, New Zealand. The boys from the London College and the London Choir were deadly rivals!
Bristol All Saints, 1929
Choristers taking part in the Boy Bishop ceremony.
Newland Choir School, Malvern, 1914
Just outside of Great Malvern, this is where the Archive of Recorded Church Music is located. This once famous choir school survived until 1945.
Savoy Chapel Choir, 1930
The boys arriving in Canada for the start of their tour. Although the London Choir School which supplied the choristers to the Savoy closed in 1958, they now are educated at St Olave's School in Orpington
Upper St Leonards, St John's church, 1925
The Barham brothers, Edwin, Walter and Herbert
Holborn, St Alban-the-Martyr, 1928
Tenbury, St Michael's College, 1881
One of the very last surviving Tractarian Choir Schools, St Michael's closed in 1985.
London Choir School, 1937
A select group of boys from the school named 'The English Boy Choristers' who toured the USA & Canada on a regular basis to great acclaim.
London, All Saints Margaret Street. 1960
One of the last surviving Tractarian Choir Schools, it closed in 1968
Clumber Park Choir School, 1929
The choir, clergy and altar servers of the Duke of Newcastle's Choir School at Clumber Park, Worksop. The photo was taken by the Duke himself
Tenbury, St Michael's College, 1966
Choristers with Watkins Shaw in the famous library looking at the original manuscript score of Handel's Messiah, the college's greatest treasure
London, All Saints Margaret Street, 1960s
St Mary of-the-Angels Song School, 1934
Making Palm Crosses to raise money for the school
Newland Choir School, Malvern, 1943
The last photograph taken of the choristers before the school closed in 1945
London Choir School, 1953
Choristers hired out to sing at a wedding
Clumber Park Choir School, 1922
The choristers outside their newly built Choir Hostel, which is where they boarded.
St Mary of-the-Angels Song School, 1948
Photo published in a newspaper and entitled 'Reflections'
Savoy Chapel Choir, 1937
Arthur Martin choir, Belfast, 1953
Rehearsing Britten's 'The Little Sweep'
Deal Royal Marine Chapel Choir, 1940
Choir with the Marine 'Band Boys'
Chelsea Barracks Chapel, 1936
Four choristers who have just met the King
Eastney Royal Marine Artillery Church, 1920
Shoreditch Cottage Home Chapel Choir, 1911
A boys' orphanage
Portsmouth Royal Garrison Church, 1911
Plymouth Devenport Dockyard Chapel Choir, 1941
Photographed with Vice Admiral Dowding
Matlock St Andrew's Boys' Home Chapel, 1904
Farrington Church Farm House School Chapel 1940
The school prepared boys in the hope of gaining a scholarship to a cathedral school
Berkshire Boys choir, 1978
Together with Christ's Hospital Chapel Choir at Glyndeboure
London Lincoln's Inn Chapel, 1930
One of the four Inns of Court to which barristers are called, and at this time, Lincoln's & Gray's Inn both had a chapel choir. Both these choirs and the Temple church shared a choir school.
St Paul's Cathedral Sunday Evening choir, 1967
Made up of choristers from other choirs to sing the Sunday choral evensong at St Paul's to allow their own choristers to have the night off.
London Lord Mayor's Boy' Players, 1934
At Paddington station meeting the Vienna Boys Choir who were on a singing trip to the UK.
London Cafe de Paris, 1954
Choristers from an unknown church singing carols in the Cafe de Paris.
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Peterborough Cathedral, 1934
St Charles Church, Waverley, Sydney (aka Sydney Boys' Choir, 1940 - 1941